A Lilac Rolla (Ire)

Caravaggio's Porta Fortuna Too Good in the Falmouth

As admirably straightforward as she is classy, Steven Weston, Barry Fowler, Medallion Racing and Reeves Racing's G1 Coronation Stakes and G1 Cheveley Park Stakes heroine Porta Fortuna (Ire) (Caravaggio--Too Precious {Ire}, by Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}) took her latest task in her stride when dominating Friday's G1 Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket. Always travelling comfortably tracking the pace under Ryan Moore, the Donnacha O'Brien-trained 10-11 favourite was left in front approaching the two-furlong pole and despite drifting right when in the clear was able to open up a 3 3/4-length...

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Porta Fortuna Heads Falmouth Seven, Ryan Moore Booked

Ryan Moore has been booked for the ride on the G1 Coronation Stakes and G1 Cheveley Park Stakes heroine Porta Fortuna (Ire) (Caravaggio) in Friday's G1 Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket, for which seven fillies and mares were confirmed on Wednesday morning. With no Ballydoyle representative in the line-up, Moore is free to link up with the Donnacha O'Brien-trained filly, racing for the Medallion-Weston-Fowler-Reeves partnership, with Oisin Murphy who steered her to success in the Cheveley Park back on David Howden's G2 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes winner Running Lion (GB)...

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Ascot Unlikely For A Lilac Rolla As Purple Lily Steps Back Up In Trip

Paddy Twomey has outlined plans for A Lilac Rolla (Ire) (Harry Angel {Ire}) and Purple Lily (Ire) (Calyx {GB}) following their creditable efforts in defeat when finishing second and fifth, respectively, in the G1 Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh. A Lilac Rolla forfeited her unbeaten record in that Classic, ultimately having to settle for the runner-up spot behind the high-class winner, Fallen Angel (GB) (Too Darn Hot {GB}), while Purple Lily was seemingly the stable's number one contender on jockey bookings but could never get on terms having been...

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Fallen Angel Completes Sunday Guineas Double For Too Darn Hot

In the space of less than an hour on Sunday, it was Too Darn Hot's world and we were all just living in it. Following the example of stablemate Darnation (Ire), who had dominated the G2 German 1000 Guineas at Dusseldorf minutes earlier to showcase the merits of Darley's second-crop sire, Clipper Logistics' Fallen Angel (GB) also put her G1 1000 Guineas flop firmly behind her to earn top trumps with a clear-cut success in the G1 Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at The Curragh. Only eighth at Newmarket, the Karl...

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All Eyes On Opera Singer In The Irish 1000

This year's G1 1,000 Guineas took place without Ballydoyle's Opera Singer (Justify), so there is a sense of unfinished business when it comes to the pecking order of the 3-year-old fillies at present. Sunday's Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at The Curragh should answer some questions, none more so than that concerning how straight she is for a tough reintroduction having suffered that setback. So good in the G1 Prix Marcel Boussac, some will tell you that she may not have to be at 100% to win this but when it...

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Opera Singer Heads Fourteen For Irish 1,000 Guineas

Fourteen fillies will line up for Sunday's G1 Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at The Curragh, with Ballydoyle's Opera Singer (Justify) the key name among them. Joined by three others from the stable, the impressive G1 Prix Marcel Boussac heroine was forced to miss Newmarket due to a setback and has stall 13 to contend with under Ryan Moore. Joining her are the G1 Cheveley Park S. runner-up Pearls And Rubies (No Nay Never), the G3 Mutamakina S. runner-up Buttons (Ire) (Kingman {GB}) and G3 Salsabil S. third Everlasting (Ire) (Kingman...

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Twomey Targeting Irish Guineas With Strong Team Of Fillies

County Tipperary trainer Paddy Twomey is unlikely to be represented in the G1 Qipco 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket, having stated his intention to wait for the Irish equivalent--run at the Curragh on Sunday, May 26--before stepping up to the top level with a trio of talented fillies in his care. They include A Lilac Rolla (Ire) (Harry Angel {Ire}), who gained her third success from as many starts when returning from eight months off to win the G3 Ballylinch Stud "Priory Belle" S. at Leopardstown last time, digging deep to...

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Harry Angel's A Lilac Rolla Wins The Priory Belle

Unbeaten entering Sunday's G3 Ballylinch Stud "Priory Belle" S. at Leopardstown, A Lilac Rolla (Ire) (Harry Angel {Ire}--Mejala {Ire}, by Red Ransom) carried on where she left off with a battling success from Kitty Rose (GB) (Invincible Army {Ire}). Last seen beating the subsequent G1 Prix Marcel Boussac heroine Opera Singer (Justify) at The Curragh in August, the Paddy Twomey-trained €40,000 Tatts Ireland September bargain was delivered to tackle Kitty Rose at the furlong pole and gave generously to Billy Lee to eke out a head success at odds of...

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Classic Dreams In The Balance On Sunday

Sunday sees a swing in the momentum towards the more meaningful Flat action of 2024, with Leopardstown--which has to survive an early-morning inspection--and ParisLongchamp staging a host of Classic trials. Ballydoyle's wheels are really set in motion at the former venue, with several of their promising 3-year-olds ready to be unleashed in the card's trio of preps including the 10-furlong G3 P.W. McGrath Memorial Ballysax S. It is in that early Derby pointer that Rosegreen's G1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud third Illinois (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and impressive course maiden-winning TDN Rising...

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